Text: S.1236 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)

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[Congressional Bills 113th Congress]
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[S. 1236 Introduced in Senate (IS)]

113th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                S. 1236

  To repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and ensure respect for State 
                        regulation of marriage.


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                   IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

                             June 26, 2013

 Mrs. Feinstein (for herself, Ms. Baldwin, Mr. Baucus, Mr. Bennet, Mr. 
   Blumenthal, Mrs. Boxer, Mr. Brown, Ms. Cantwell, Mr. Cardin, Mr. 
Carper, Mr. Casey, Mr. Coons, Mr. Cowan, Mr. Durbin, Mr. Franken, Mrs. 
Gillibrand, Mr. Harkin, Mr. Heinrich, Ms. Hirono, Mr. Kaine, Mr. King, 
Ms. Klobuchar, Mr. Leahy, Mr. Levin, Mrs. McCaskill, Mr. Menendez, Mr. 
Merkley, Ms. Mikulski, Mr. Murphy, Mrs. Murray, Mr. Reed, Mr. Sanders, 
   Mr. Schatz, Mr. Schumer, Mrs. Shaheen, Ms. Stabenow, Mr. Udall of 
Colorado, Mr. Udall of New Mexico, Ms. Warren, Mr. Whitehouse, and Mr. 
Wyden) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred 
                   to the Committee on the Judiciary

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                                 A BILL


 
  To repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and ensure respect for State 
                        regulation of marriage.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Respect for Marriage Act''.

SEC. 2. REPEAL OF SECTION ADDED TO TITLE 28, UNITED STATES CODE, BY 
              SECTION 2 OF THE DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT.

    Section 1738C of title 28, United States Code, is repealed, and the 
table of sections at the beginning of chapter 115 of title 28, United 
States Code, is amended by striking the item relating to that section.

SEC. 3. MARRIAGE RECOGNITION.

    Section 7 of title 1, United States Code, is amended to read as 
follows:
``Sec. 7. Marriage
    ``(a) For the purposes of any Federal law in which marital status 
is a factor, an individual shall be considered married if that 
individual's marriage is valid in the State where the marriage was 
entered into or, in the case of a marriage entered into outside any 
State, if the marriage is valid in the place where entered into and the 
marriage could have been entered into in a State.
    ``(b) In this section, the term `State' means a State, the District 
of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or any other territory or 
possession of the United States.''.
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